Whether they're powerful or persecuted, good or evil, flying on brooms or rising from tombs, witches haunt the history of cinema. We've concocted a magical brew of the movies' most memorable witches. Bubble bubble toil and trouble! Fire burn and every feature's a double! We kick off this program with Hayao Miyazaki's lovely and moving anime classic KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE followed by Nicolas Roeg's inspired adaptation of Roald Dahl's THE WITCHES.
Kiki's Delivery Service @ 19:00
On the night of the full moon, thirteen year old Kiki must leave home-- a rite of passage for all young witches in training. Kiki and loyal cat Jiji take flight on her trusty broom and discover a seaside town to settle down in. The budding young witch soon finds her niche working as an air courier for the locals. But Kiki's confidence is challenged by a series of misadventures, which make her doubt herself. Hayao Miyazaki's delightful animated feature is one of his most beautifully rendered and emotionally affecting children's fables. Through its episodic narrative about a young witch learning the limits of her power, the film evokes the small setbacks and modest triumphs of growing up. Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/4bG17OYs-GA
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, 1989, Japan, 102 min. In Japanese w/ English subtitles.
The Witches @ 21:15
Luke (Jasen Fisher) and his kindly grandmother Helga (Mai Zetterling) visit a seaside resort for some relaxation, but stumble upon a secret convention of witches. The boy spies on the Grand High Witch (Anjelica Huston) as she unveils a magic potion and a sinister plan to transform England's children into mice. When Luke's presence is discovered, the witches turn the hotel upside down (and turn some hapless children into mice!) to conceal their plan. This wickedly funny adaptation of Roald Dahl's book is one of the scariest children's films ever made. Director Nicolas Roeg-- more famous for surreal arthouse fare-- brings a decidedly dark sensibility to this family fantasy. Though Luke is the hero, the film's real stars are its cackling and conniving coven of witches. Brought to grotesque life by Jim Henson's remarkable makeup effects, Huston is a camp riot as the imperious boss witch. Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/d_ZyqaN_XNM
Directed by Nicolas Roeg, 1990, UK/USA, 92 min. In English.
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